Department vision

We want our students to leave us with the knowledge and skills that they need to understand the world that they live in.  It is this world that they will need to use and engage in. We want our students to learn to cherish and appreciate the diverse world around them, to make choices that sustain it and make a positive difference.

Curriculum organisation and assessment

Humanities are taught in three distinct subjects of geography, history and ethics and philosophy (EP).  The students have four lessons of humanities over the course of a week. Students are assessed during their lessons in a variety of ways including quick tests, exam questions and exam-style questions.  The reason for assessment is to ensure our students have the knowledge and skills to succeed in future examinations.

Curriculum content

As a department, our aim is for our students to leave with a good understanding of the world around them, the people within it and why it has become like that.  We strive to engage students with their world and the wider world. We also teach invaluable life-skills such as observation, analysis and evaluation. Our curriculum is updated often to fit with the latest teaching and learning strategies and subject content.  We liaise closely with the other school in the Apollo Trust and within the local area to ensure a consistent approach to teaching and learning.

Year 7 EP Geography History
Block 1 Introduction to philosophy Introduction to geography Introduction to history and the Norman Conquest
Block 2 Natural resources Life in the Middle Ages
Block 3 Awe and wonder Economy
Block 4 Weather and climate Crown vs. Church and the Black Death
Block 5 Buddhism Russia The Tudors
Block 6 Rivers


Year 8 EP Geography History
Block 1 Marriage and family Development The Civil War
Block 2 Population Life after The Civil War
Block 3 Rights and freedoms Coasts The Industrial Revolution
Block 4 Asia
Block 5 Altruism and charity Earthquakes and volcanoes Slavery and civil rights
Block 6 Africa The British Empire


Year 9 EP Geography History
Block 1 Ultimate questions Ice and glaciation Britain before WW1
Block 2 Middle East World War 1
Block 3 Climate change
Block 4 Life and death GCSE India World War 2
Block 5 GCSE India / Coasts
Block 6 GCSE Coasts The Cold War


Student groupings

Students are taught in mixed ability groups where differentiation is carefully considered and integrated into lessons.

Ethics and Philosophy

EP stands for ethics and philosophy.  We will be discussing the big questions in life, such as: What is the meaning of life?  Is there life after death? How do we ensure that everyone is treated fairly? You will study a variety of topics, be encouraged to express your own opinions and beliefs, as well as listening to and learning from the opinions of others.  We will look at what different cultures and religions teach about various issues, and the impact this can have on individuals and society.


Our students are on a journey of geographical discovery.
We will teach and encourage our students to:

  • Engage with and enjoy learning about our rich and diverse planet
  • Be curious about places
  • Expand their knowledge of places and their location
  • Investigate places
  • Consider what places are like now, understand how the past has influenced that and how that might shape the future
  • Appreciate the physical and human landscapes of the world, how they are interdependent and interconnected
  • Understand the issues that affect people and places
  • Use maps
  • Use and make sense of data
  • Expand their geographical vocabulary
  • Be able to communicate their ideas
  • Be able to justify their views, reach conclusions and make decisions


Whilst studying history you will learn a variety of skills.  You will find out and understand the reasons behind certain historical events.  How did Adolf Hitler actually gain power? Why did Henry VIII have eight wives? You will then analyse the consequences of the actions of these historical figures.  What was the impact they had on ordinary people?
History is about appreciating different cultures, and empathising with them, learning to appreciate and understand what different groups of people have been through.  You will also learn how to interpret different pieces of evidence, think critically about why that piece of evidence may have been produced, then analysing what you can learn from it as a historian.